Community Comment archive for June 2009

TUESDAY, JUNE 30, 2009

We have an Ombudsman--sort of... 16 

<!-- @page { margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } --> Good morning, Netizens... You have to always give credit to the elder spokespersons in our Fair City, because their sense of right and wrong nearly always are spot-on when it comes to recommending...

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David Horsey,davidhorsey.com,seattlepi.com (The Spokesman-Review)

Global warming as a theory... 

&amp;lt;!-- @page { margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } --&amp;gt; Good morning, Netizens... Cartoonist David Horsey gives us some clinically-flawless examples of medieval thinking this morning which would be highly functional, were it not for the Republican Caucus hiding behind their covert doorways...

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MONDAY, JUNE 29, 2009

AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed

Iraqis celebrate in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday. To mark the milestone, fireworks colored Baghdad's skyline and thousands of people attended a party in a city park late Monday where singers performed patriotic songs. U.S. troops will be out of Iraqi cities by tomorrow Tuesday, June 30 in the first step toward winding down the American war effort by the end of 2011.
 (The Spokesman-Review)

Peace in Iraq? Why SURE! 

<!-- @page { margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } --> Good afternoon, Netizens... Tomorrow, June 30, Americans will withdraw from Iraqi cities, a first giant step toward the planned winding down of the War in Iraq. In this AP picture, Iraqis are already...

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SUNDAY, JUNE 28, 2009

John Lamont, 2, plays in a water sprinkler, Friday, June 26, 2009, in Decatur, Ill.  (Kelly Huff / Associated Press)

The simplicity of life by a stream... 

<!-- @page { margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } --> Good morning, Netizens... Now, staggering and weaving from beneath our collective load of discord, grief and strife, tinged with the certainty beyond all credible doubt that all of us will die someday, we...

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SATURDAY, JUNE 27, 2009

Another day in the barber shop. David Horsey,davidhorsey.com,seattlepi.com
There is real news hiding behind Jackson's death. (The Spokesman-Review)

What other news is there?

<!-- @page { margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } --> Good morning, Netizens... Here we are, another wonderful summer day in the Virtual Ballroom, and while the Ghosts are gathered in hushed groups throughout the ballroom, whispering no doubt of the death of...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 2009

David Horsey,davidhorsey.com,seattlepi.com (The Spokesman-Review)

Mark Sanford's lament... 

Good morning, Netizens...Oh, but this is funny! Don't cry for me Argentina, indeed! David Horsey's cartoon despicts Mark Sanford's lament as "Don't Cry for me Argentina" slightly revised.Dave

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THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2009

Michael Jackson in retrospect... 

Good evening, Netizens... In a moment of being utterly candid, I'll admit that the late “King of Pop”, Michael Jackson, was never precisely my cup of tea, although I was impressed with how he plied the top of the charts with his music and several...

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The rush to judgment... 

<!-- @page { margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } --> Good morning, Netizens... I was impressed with the lengthy story in the Spokesman-Review about Karl F. Thompson, Jr.'s career in law enforcement. Several prior glowing statements notwithstanding by Chief Ann Kirkpatrick regarding his...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24, 2009

David Horsey,davidhorsey.com,seattlepi.com (The Spokesman-Review)

What's that smell?

Good morning, Netizens...In this morning's David Horsey cartoon we see the logical outcome when Theocracy meets Democracy. Khameini, like most theocratic leaders speaks both for and to God and his people invariably follow his every beck and call. Democracy, on the other hand, suggests that...

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In this undated photo released by Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service in Tokyo Sunday, June 14, 2009, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, center, inspects the command of the 7th Infantry Division of the Korean People's Army at an undisclosed location in North Korea.
(AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service) (The Spokesman-Review)

North Korean plans for the future... 

Good morning, Netizens... In this undated photo released by Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service in Tokyo Sunday, June 14, 2009, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, center, inspects the command of the 7th Infantry Division of the Korean People's Army at an...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2009

ORG XMIT: NYEM101 FILE - In this  May 22, 1992 file photo, Ed McMahon, left, shakes hands with talk show host Johnny Carson, during the final taping of the "Tonight Show" in Burbank, Calif. McMahon has died at a Los Angeles hospital, according to his publicist. He was 86. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac, File) (Douglas Pizac / The Spokesman-Review)

The perfect foil has left the building... 

<!-- @page { margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } --> Good morning, Netizens... There are places I remember All my life, though some have changed Some forever not for better Some have gone and some remain All these places had their moments With...

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Photo Credit to the Center For Justice, Spokane (The Spokesman-Review)

Is Thompson taking one for the Gipper too? 

Good morning, Netizens...Everyone in the Spokane News Media yesterday were separately and yet together beating their spoons against the bars that, until then, had kept the news media from truly knowing what was going on in the Otto Zehm murder investigation. For nearly two years...

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MONDAY, JUNE 22, 2009


Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's hold on power appears to be under threat [AFP] (The Spokesman-Review)

The Big Dog of Iran under fire? It seems so...

<!-- @page { margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } A:link { so-language: zxx } --> Good morning, Netizens... If you truly are curious about the political strife inside Iran, the ongoing battles between protesters and the factional government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the...

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June 20, 2009
Clifford DesPeaux/seattlepi.com

Parade participants dress in plastic grocery bags.
 (The Spokesman-Review)

Oh? We've had better on our side of the line... 

Good morning, Netizens...Picture of the Day: June 20, 2009 Clifford DesPeaux/seattlepi.com Fremont Solstice Parade participants dress in plastic grocery bags. (Clifford DesPeaux/seattlepi.com) Oh? This picture of the day reminds me of the gathering of the Huckleberries Online Faithful held in Idaho recently which, to my...

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June 21, 2009
AP Photo/Markus Schreiber

An Iranian woman living in Germany weeps during a protest against the results of the Presidential elections in Iran and post election violence, in Berlin, Germany, Sunday.
 (The Spokesman-Review)

Quote of the Day -- June 22, 2009 

Good morning, Netizens...In this picture, (June 21, 2009 AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) an Iranian woman living in Germany weeps during a protest against the results of the Presidential elections in Iran and post election violence, in Berlin, Germany, Sunday. Which brings us to our quote of...

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SUNDAY, JUNE 21, 2009

The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain approaches Busan in South Korea. Picture AP (The Spokesman-Review)

How about a good game of Chicken? 

&amp;lt;!-- @page { margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } --&amp;gt; Good evening, Netizens... From the AP Wire Here is an AP picture of the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain as it approaches Busan in South Korea. WASHINGTON: Senator John McCain, who appeared...

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Losing on Father's Day...

<!-- @page { margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } --> Good afternoon, Netizens... Rather than write effusively about the rite of my father, since that relationship in my life was dismal, heartbreaking and full of personal anguish, I'll briefly mention that I am...

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SATURDAY, JUNE 20, 2009

Pop, fritz-- a review of last night's storm 

&amp;lt;!-- @page { margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } A:link { so-language: zxx } --&amp;gt; Good morning, Netizens... As severe lightning storms go, I suppose last night's episode rates about a 6 on a 10-scale when it comes to severity or perhaps a...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2009

Spokane Weather Bureau (The Spokesman-Review)

Possibly severe weather approaching Spokane... 

&amp;amp;amp;lt;!-- @page { margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } --&amp;amp;amp;gt; Good evening, Netizens... 9:15 PM PDT It's not what you think. Despite the weather forecasts all evening of a 20% chance of showers and a slight possibility of thunderstorms, as of half an...

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The King's English in review... 

<!-- @page { margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } --> Good evening, Netizens... KREM-2 News needs a copy editor in the worst way. Quoting from their article titled: City of Spokane Responds to the Zehm lawsuit, I quote from the second paragraph: The...

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In this photo taken on Sept. 24, 2007, former news anchor Walter Cronkite arrives at the Metropolitan Opera 2007-08 season opening gala. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File) (The Spokesman-Review)

Cronkite purportedly gravely ill... 

&amp;lt;!-- @page { margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } --&amp;gt; Good afternoon, Netizens... Portions from the AP Wire Walter Cronkite, one of my great American heroes is purportedly gravely ill. Although CBS is not commenting upon his condition at this time, the 92-year-old...

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 (The Spokesman-Review)

Otto Zehm Died for our sins... 

&amp;lt;!-- @page { margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } --&amp;gt; Good afternoon Netizens... By now most of you reading this already have heard the City of Spokane asked a federal court Friday to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the family of Otto Zehm...

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EDITORS' NOTE: Reuters and other foreign media are subject to Iranian restrictions on leaving the office to report, film or take pictures in Tehran. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gives his Friday prayer sermon at Tehran University in this video grab June 19, 2009. Khamenei appealed for calm on Friday and attacked "enemies" questioning the result of a presidential vote that has sparked the biggest street protests in the Islamic Republic's history. REUTERS/IRIB via Reuters TV (IRAN POLITICS ELECTIONS IMAGES OF THE DAY) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. IRAN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN IRAN (The Spokesman-Review)

The Big Dog speaks... 

&amp;lt;!-- @page { margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } --&amp;gt; Good morning, Netizens... (AP) Tehran, Iran The only vote that matters in the Iran election was just cast, although it remains to be seen by those of us in the world whether that...

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